WTA Finals: Peng/Hsieh partnership on verge of perfect end

Peng Shuai (left) celebrates with doubles partner Hsieh Su-wei after winning their WTA Finals semi-final clash with Alla Kudryavtseva and Anastasia Rodionova.
Peng Shuai (left) celebrates with doubles partner Hsieh Su-wei after winning their WTA Finals semi-final clash with Alla Kudryavtseva and Anastasia Rodionova.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

Defending WTA Finals doubles champions Peng Shuai and Hsieh Su-wei can end their partnership on a high today at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals.

They made their second consecutive final in the season-ending tournament after defeating Alla Kudryavtseva and Anastasia Rodionova 6-1, 6-4 in their semi-final clash yesterday.

The duo will be up against Sania Mirza and Cara Black, who beat Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik 4-6, 7-5, 11-9 in a thrilling encounter.

Down 6-9 in the third-set tie-break, Mirza and Black somehow drew level before taking the match.

But Hsieh and Peng are odds on to retain their title, given how they breezed through the quarter-finals and semi-finals without dropping a set.

In August, the pair announced they were splitting up after the Singapore tournament, bringing to end one of the most successful doubles partnerships in recent times.

They have 12 WTA Tour doubles titles under their belt, including two Grand Slams - the 2013 Wimbledon and this June's French Open.

Interestingly, Hsieh will team up with Mirza from next season.

Peng will join forces with Czech Republic's Andrea Hlavackova, with whom she won the recent China Open doubles title with.

Chua Siang Yee